Providing a follow-up to his performance against the Texas Longhorns was going to be no easy task, but freshman phenom Caleb Williams matched and exceeded expectations as the Oklahoma Sooners topped TCU by a score of 52-31.
Caleb Williams was hyped before his first Oklahoma start.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 17, 2021
He would go on to throw for 2⃣9⃣5⃣ yards, rush for 6⃣6⃣ more and combine for 5⃣ touchdowns.#OUDNA | #BoomerSoonerpic.twitter.com/L8zw9UgW2y
Williams opened the evening by completing eight consecutive passes, and he continued the fine form throughout the evening. When TCU’s offense was finding, the DC native was always there with an answer of his own. He would end the night with a stat line of 18-23 with 295 passing yards and four TDs while also adding 66 yards and a TD on the ground. If there was any doubt about him being the real deal, tonight took care of that.
CALEB WILLIAMS. #TOTHEHOUSE pic.twitter.com/0DcXqNo9zM— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 17, 2021
After breaking out and providing the winning score a week ago, Kennedy Brooks quietly had a fantastic night of his own, running for 153 yards on 20 carries and adding a rushibg TD of his own. Eric Gray wasn’t able to find as much success, and he punctuated the night with his first TD as a Sooner to seal the win.
TOUCHDOWN— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 17, 2021
Congrats to Eric Gray on his first Oklahoma TD.#OUDNA x @1ericgray pic.twitter.com/PWWiGwgpTP
Along with Williams and Brooks, Jadon Haselwood had a huge night in his own right, hauling in three TD receptions. With the offense beginning to open up, look for the former five-star recruit to truly thrive and become one of the team’s primary big-play threats.
Oddly enough, these were the first three TDs he has scored against an FBS program since arriving in Norman (the other three came against South Dakota in 2019 and Western Carolina earlier this season).
Have a night, @jadon_haselwood.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 17, 2021
5⃣6⃣ Receiving Yards
3⃣ Touchdowns#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/i9sMMCPiyA
Unfortunately, the momentum of the second half in Dallas did not translate for the OU defense, as TCU was able to gain 519 yards of total offense. The secondary continues to provide red flags, and things only deteriorated further when DJ Graham left the game due to concussion protocol. To be fair, Grinch’s defense did come up with some timely stops against one of the better offenses in the conference.
Brian Asamoah shuts it down on 4th down. #SpeedD pic.twitter.com/0riKcr0oVQ— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 17, 2021
The win brings OU to 924 all-time wins, pulling the Sooners ahead of Notre Dame for fifth in the history of college football.
Following tonight's win over TCU, Oklahoma is now fifth in college football history with 924 all-time wins, surpassing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.— Seth Oliveras (@SethOliveras) October 17, 2021
CFB All-Time Wins
1. Michigan, 976
2. Alabama, 937
3. Ohio State, 935
4. Texas, 927
5. Oklahoma, 924
6. Notre Dame, 923#Sooners
Next up for the Sooners is an 11 a.m. contest against the lowly Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence. If you’ve never been to Lawrence and are able to make it this week, I highly recommend it. You get a stress-free game, plenty of OU fans in the stands and a BEAUTIFUL campus. The fall foliage should be on point.